As beautiful as it is, snow can actually pose a huge problem for homeowners and cottage dwellers. We have a few tips for you to ensure that you protect your home or cottage from the snow below. You can do some simple maintenance to keep your home safe, and you can also keep these tips in mind for next fall.
First, snow is guaranteed to melt more than it’s even guaranteed to fall every year. If snow collects near your entryways, windows, stairwells or exterior walls, it can cause leaks when it melts in warmer weather. Be sure the keep the snow away from your home as the winter progresses, and give it one final go in the spring just to make sure you (and your basement) are in the clear.
Secondly, ensure you don’t have any large branches hanging precariously next to windows or your roof. The weight of the snow can cause branches to snap and pose a major hazard for both your home and your personal safety. If you do have problematic branches it’s best to have a professional tree cutter remove them for you.
Lastly, with crazy winter weather comes power outages, so it’s good to have a small emergency kit stashed at your house and even your cottage if you spend time there over the winter months. Be sure to stock it with bottled water, rock salt, flashlights, candles and food that you won’t need to heat to eat.